Andre Burakovsky Scores First Goal of Season in Caps Loss to Oilers

The Washington Capitlas fell 4-1 to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night in the second of a four-game road trip. Their record drops to 4-2-2. The Caps will continue their trip on Saturday afternoon in Calgary. Thursday just wasn’t their night. 

The Oilers got on the board late in the first period after their first power play opportunity of the night. Michal Kempny was called for tripping. They scored shortly after with Evan Bouchard’s first career goal. Shots on goal were even steven at nine after one.

At 9:19 in the second, Milan Lucic was called for cross-checking Brooks Orpik, putting the Caps on their first power play of the night. Unfortunately, things backfired. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored shorthanded to put the home team up 2-0 . The Caps would get one back with Andre Burakovsky‘s first goal of the season. Nic Dowd was credited with the assist, his first assist in a Capitals sweater.

Both teams had their chances. The Caps had a chance to tie the game when they were shorthanded thanks to Kempny’s second penalty of the game, this time a delay of game. Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has a knack for good games against the Oilers, was stopped on a breakaway. On the other end, Braden Holtby made some big saves to keep it a one goal deficit heading into intermission. The Caps were outshot in the middle stanza 14-9.

Alex Chiasson, who was presented with his Stanley Cup ring before the game, added a goal in the third for his third goal of the season.

Connor McDavid would round out the scoring with an empty net goal, his sixth of the year.

 

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